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Anthony Bourdain goes to Libya

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This is the fourth episode of Parts Unknown, and it takes place shortly after the fall of Gaddafi.

I didn’t like this episode. It was too political, too much about Bourdain celebrating the end of Gaddafi and the alleged “freedom” that Libyans could now enjoy. Looking back six years, an honest appraisement of the situation is that the average Libyan was much better off under Gaddafi. There was free healthcare and education, no sectarian violence, hardly anyone went hungry. It was a functioning socialist country. Post-Gaddafi Libya has been a never-ending civil war with rising Islamic extremism. I say that Anthony Bourdain was dead wrong in his optimism. The pessimism of commenters at alt-right blogs was dead on the money.

Leaving politics aside, Bourdain ate at a fast food restaurant that was an imitation of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and he ate a breakfast that was some batter with an egg in it that was deep fried, kind of like a combination of a donut and an egg sandwich. Bourdain is cool for not worrying about fat or cholesterol.

Bourdain attends a barbecue where a live goat is brought in and it’s slaughtered and butchered on the spot! Wow, I envy him for eating meat fresher than I will ever experience in the United States. If you tried to have a barbecue like that here, there would probably be a bunch of pansy vegans protesting the “cruelty” to the goat. Plus half of even the meat-eating guests would still be grossed out be seeing where the meet actually comes from.

Another thing I noticed is the camaraderie that men have in a sex-segregated culture. Eating out is an activity for men to do with other men, it’s not for women. And the men seem to have a good time together. Maybe Islam isn’t so bad as long as it’s not taken to crazy extremes?

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June 14, 2018 at EDT am

Lion analysis of North Korea summit

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This is what Trump and Kim agreed to:

1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

So in other words, Kim has signed onto the narrative that in exchange for “peace” there needs to be a “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

And then, today, in a symbolic gesture of peace, Trump called off military exercises with South Korea. This is just a gesture, it would be very easy for the United States to restart military exercises.

Much harder to restart are sanctions, once lifted, and notably there has not yet been any move on lifting sanctions.

This is much better than Obama’s crappy deal with Iran. In exchange for lifting sanctions and unfreezing of Iranian assets, Iran only had to agree to cease certain nuclear activities until the year 2031 (well short of “complete denuclearization”), after which Iran can start them up again, and in the meantime Iran is allowed to continue to fund Shiite terrorists throughout the Middle East. And that’s a case where Obama held all the military leverage, the United States could have taken over Iran as easily as we took over Iraq.

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June 12, 2018 at EDT am

Fakestream media going on anti-Trump rampage

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The title of the blog post says it. For example, the Washington Post “Analysis” headline on their homepage right now reads: “After a slap at allies, Trump showers North Korea’s authoritarian leader with flattery.”

A headline on the CNN homepage reads: “Trump says he trusts North Korean dictator, but vague promises mirror past agreements.” And Trump-hating Christiane Amanpour says she found Trump “giving away more than having got” with little concrete plans on which to move forward.

Does anyone doubt that if Obama had a summit with North Korea, the same fakestream journalists would be showering him with praise?

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To be fair to the New York Times, their coverage isn’t as biased.

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June 12, 2018 at EDT am

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The summit is back on!

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Only by passing Kim’s shit test by showing he’s willing to say “f-you” to the summit, is Trump actually able to achieve the possibility of a useful summit.

Furthermore, only Trump can bargain effectively for U.S. interests. Obama would want to turn North Korea into liberal San Francisco, but Trump is more likely to say “as long as you get rid of nukes and don’t threaten us, you can torture as many of your own people as you want.”

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June 1, 2018 at EDT pm

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Joseph Mifsud, NOT a Russian spy

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https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/05/26/the_maltese_phantom_of_russiagate_.html

Excellent article above.

I suspect the operation to spy on Trump’s campaign started out as a U.K. intelligence operation, with Misfud being part of that operation. David Cameron hates Donald Trump, and the U.K. spying on Trump solves the “problem” (from the perspective of Obama-administration U.S. intelligence agencies) of it being Watergate-like (if not illegal) to spy on the political campaign of the opposing party. The U.K. seeding operation then planted the “probable cause” needed for the FBI to pick things up.

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May 30, 2018 at EDT pm

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Donald Trump letter to Kim Jong-un canceling summit

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https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/24/politics/donald-trump-letter-kim-jong-un/index.html

I think that Trump passed the shit test. I love this line:

You talk about nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.

This letter is exactly what Trump needed to do. But predictably, the fakestream media which was previously complaining that Trump was letting Kim walk all over him are now complaining that he’s risking a war.

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May 24, 2018 at EDT am

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Kim Jong-un threatens to cancel summit

Kim is giving Trump a shit test. The correct response is an alpha-male response, and not groveling like Obama would have done if he were president.

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May 15, 2018 at EDT pm

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Chinese aircraft carrier!

While aircraft carriers are sitting ducks against modern air forces, there aren’t that many modern air forces in the world. China can use its aircraft carrier for the same purpose that we use ours: for taking over crappy third-world countries!

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And in other international news, the Washington Post reports that the Palestinians are pissed that the U.S. embassy has moved to Jerusalem, but fails to mention that there are no real-world negative consequences to this move. The Palestinians weren’t going to make peace with anybody anyway, and the rest of the Middle East doesn’t care as much as they pretend to. Saudi Arabia and the current Egyptian government love Trump, or at least don’t hate him the way they hated Obama. In the long run, Muslims respect power and not wishy-washiness and appeasement. Donald Trump, by showing the Muslims that we can move our embassies anywhere we want to and they can’t do anything about it, that helps us in the long run.

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May 13, 2018 at EDT am

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Allegedly “racist” prom dress: surprising reason from the NY Times

Some poor high-school girl from Utah was called racist by the entire country because she wore a Chinese dress to her prom. They said this was “racist cultural appropriation.”

But the New York Times explains that people in China don’t understand why this is any sort of issue.

When the furor reached Asia, though, many seemed to be scratching their heads. Far from being critical of Ms. Daum, who is not Chinese, many people in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan proclaimed her choice of the traditional high-necked dress as a victory for Chinese culture.

“I am very proud to have our culture recognized by people in other countries,” said someone called Snail Trail, commenting on a post of the Utah episode by a popular account on WeChat, the messaging and social media platform, that had been read more than 100,000 times.

“It’s ridiculous to criticize this as cultural appropriation,” Zhou Yijun, a Hong Kong-based cultural commentator, said in a telephone interview. “From the perspective of a Chinese person, if a foreign woman wears a qipao and thinks she looks pretty, then why shouldn’t she wear it?”

If anything, the uproar surrounding Ms. Daum’s dress prompted many Chinese to reflect on examples of cultural appropriation in their own country. “So does that mean when we celebrate Christmas and Halloween it’s also cultural appropriation?” asked one WeChat user, Larissa.

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May 2, 2018 at EDT pm

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Trump will never get a Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize committee hates Trump, they will never give him a Peace Prize.

They will definitely give someone a peace prize for nuclear disarmament of North Korea, but they will snub Trump and give it to Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in. And if they really want to snub Trump (and they might want to do that) they will also include Xi Jinping as a recipient.

The Nobel Peace Prize committee could wait until 2019 to give out this prize. Nominations for the 2018 prize closed January 31, so really the 2019 prize is more appropriate. But that timing issue didn’t prevent the Committee from awarding the prize to Barrack Obama in 2009, even though nominations for the prize closed only 11 days after Obama was inaugurated as President!

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May 1, 2018 at EDT pm

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